The Virtues of an Articulated Rudder

This trawler has been fitted with an articulated rudder (this particular one is built by Bayview Engineering). The simple design and robust fabrication result in a reliable improvement with substantial benefits when handling the boat in close quarters. Although this boat has a bonding system, the rudder has its own sacrificial anodes. Even if the main rudder is connected to the bonding system inside the boat, the wing would not have a reliable connection and needs its own anode.

The main rudder has been designed to be removable without requiring disassembly of the steering gear. The bolts at the top of the rudder allow it to be separated from the rudder post above it, and the shoe below it can also be removed. When you can combine simplicity and durability with improved performance, you have a good example of the right stuff.

Look for Steve Zimmerman's column, "The Right Stuff" at the back of every issue of PassageMaker magazine.

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